Chelsea Gun Range Flourishes Despite Anti-Gun Movement

Baruch College — Beyond the lobby of 20 West 20th Street, through a heavy, metal door, down two winding flights of stairs and along a narrow hallway decorated with NRA logos and aged patriotic posters comes the frequent popping sounds of the Westside Rifle & Pistol Range.

The shooting range has been in operation since 1965 and is the only one of its kind left in Manhattan (another half-dozen are scattered through the other boroughs). Darren Leung, the 52-year-old owner says, “When people ask me what I do, I tell ’em I sell insurance. I sell street insurance.”